Select Committee on Northern Ireland Affairs Third Report


Visit to South Africa

Monday 22 January (Pretoria)

The Committee participated in an informal seminar with Mr Brandon Hamber, Manager, Transition and Reconciliation Unit, Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, Ms Venetia Govender, National Director, and Ms Sally Seely, Researcher, Human Rights Commission, Mr Mark Shaw, South African Institute of International Affairs and Mr Louis Sebeko, a former civic leader in Thokoza township.

Tuesday 23 January (Pretoria/Johannesburg)

The Committee visited the offices of the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation for a background briefing on violence on the East Rand and on the measures being taken to re-integrate former combatants into the community. This was followed by a visit to Thokoza township.

The Committee visited the Ekupholeni Clinic, Thokoza, for a presentation on the work of the Clinic with those affected by problems related to paramilitary violence.

The Committee met Commissioners Yasmin Sooka and Hlengiwe Mikhize, of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Wednesday 24 January (Durban)

The Committee met Ms Gail Wannenburg, of the Network of Independent Monitors and Mr Ntokolo Mavuso, Mr Nhlanhla Vincent Dladla, Mr Mlungisi Nedbela and Mr Thabo Thipe, former members of ANC and IFP paramilitary organisations in the townships of Chesterville and Umlazi, who are now working on reconciliation projects.

The Committee also met the Reverend C J Mtetwa, Minister of Works, Kwa-Zulu Natal, and the Reverend Musa Zondi, Chairman of the IFP Caucus in the South African Parliament, both of whom are members of a committee which brings together national and state parliamentarians on reconciliation matters.

Thursday 25 January (Durban)

The Committee visited Kwa-Mashu township for a meeting with youth groups engaged in efforts to recover weapons used by criminal vigilante groups and also in job creation projects. The visit was facilitated by Ms Jenni Irish, of Injobo Ne Bandla, an organisation which works with young people in the township.

In addition, throughout the visit, the Committee met a wide range of politicians, officials and others with an interest in matters relevant to the Committee's inquiry.

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